Supply Chain / Logistics

Advantages of Using Bossard SmartBin

Bossard SmartBin

First introduced back in 1998, Bossard SmartBin was created to help our customers streamline their processes and become more efficient in procurement.

So what is SmartBin?

It boils down to a combination of bins and specially developed weight sensors. By checking current stock levels on a regular basis and automatically ordering a predefined quantity once a minimum level has been reached, SmartBin essentially manages itself.

You can even determine if the parts are to be sent to your warehouse or the direct point of use.

There are also different versions of SmartBin, depending on what your needs are. SmartBin Flex, SmartBin Mobile and SmartBin Classic are what you have to choose from.

SmartBin Flex is automated, requires no power connection and can be placed wherever needed. Relying on signals that are transmitted wirelessly, SmartBin Flex eliminates wait times and reduces goods movement, allowing the material to be sent directly to the point of use.

SmartBin Mobile is the perfect solution for when your processes involve the integration of large objects or changing work environments. Mobile trolleys are outfitted with SmartBin Mobile, relying on wireless communication and requiring a battery for power.

SmartBin Classic is best suited for centralized and decentralized Kanban pools. This is the ideal application because SmartBin Classic is capable of managing small parts of just a few grams per bin to high volumes and large parts of up to 1,000 kilograms per pallet.

For a more comprehensive guide to Bossard SmartBin, be sure to check out our video.

Interested in learning more about Bossard SmartBin and how it can make your processes more efficient? Don’t hesitate to contact Bossard at

August 07, 2015
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Why Supply Chain Management?

Supply Chain Management

Over the past decade or so, supply chain management has emerged as one of the fastest-growing careers in the United States, if not the world. More and more people are graduating college with degrees in supply chain management, but few people outside of those graduates seem to have an understanding of what that kind of career entails.

Defining Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management (or SCM) entails everything in the production process, from beginning to end. It begins with the raw materials being collected and ends once the product has reached the consumer. Professionals in this type of career can be found in manufacturers, retailers and various other organizations, and responsibilities can include planning, purchasing, assembling, distribution and other aspects of the overall production process.

More than anything, the position is about logistics. To be successful in supply chain management, one must be detail-oriented, a great planner and very organized. Good communication and problem-solving skills are also extremely important in the field of supply chain management strategy.

The Importance of Supply Chain Management

As corporate operations become more globalized, the need for efficient supply chain management becomes greater. Due to the fluctuating nature of business, supply chain management is critical to ensuring that companies are reacting and adjusting to changes within the industry.

Providing excellent customer service and improving the bottom line are two essential responsibilities that people don’t often associate with supply chain management. Half the battle is making sure that products are delivered to the right location at the right time in the correct amount in order to meet the demands of consumers. Supply chain managers are also critical to the bottom line, ensuring that all aspects of production are operating efficiently and not decreasing the cash flow.

To learn more about supply chain management strategy, contact Bossard at

February 06, 2015
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Solving the Challenges of Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management

Reducing costs is one of the most important aspects of supply chain management. On average, the fastener itself is responsible for about 15% of your total costs. The remaining 85% is development, procurement, testing, inventories, assembly and logistics. Once you understand how this model of thinking works, you can begin to develop initiatives for reducing costs.

Because of our industry experience, Bossard recognizes that there are substantial opportunities for cost savings in various areas. By understanding the common challenges of supply chain management, you can identify solutions that will reduce costs and optimize your operations. (more…)

January 09, 2015
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Lean Manufacturing Principles

Manufacturing Principles

One goal at Bossard is to help our customers achieve lean manufacturing. There are many principles that need to be considered when looking to improve manufacturing in order to operate lean. All principles are important and must be understood by everyone involved in the manufacturing process in order to effectively implement lean manufacturing practices. When starting to look at how you can operate lean, there are a few basic principles to examine first. (more…)

June 18, 2014
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